Women and the Canon 

22-23 January 2016

Christ Church, OX1 1DP, Oxford


9.30 – Registration with Coffee, Blue Boar Exhibition Space.

10.00 – Welcoming Remarks, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre.

10.10 – Keynote: Elena Lombardi (University of Oxford),”Medieval Women Who Read: Heloise, Francesca, Alyson”, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre.

11.00 – Session 1

1a: The ‘Woman Poet’, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre. Chair – Emanuela Tandello

  • Katherine Travers (New York University) – “Founding a Female Canon?: Women Lyric Poets of the Middle Ages”
  • Matilda Amundsen Bergström (University of Gothenburg) – “Becoming Sappho: Gaining authorial authority through the image of Sappho”

1b: Politics of Women’s Public Image, Lecture Room 2 (Tom Quad). Chair – Geraldine Johnson

  • Maria H. Oen (Stockholm University) – “Negotiating Female Sanctity in the Late Middle Ages: The Case of St. Birgitta of Sweden and the Process of Her Canonization”
  • Clara Stella (University of Leeds) – “Shaping the canon in Lodovico Domenichi’s Rime diverse d’alcune nobilissime et virtuosissime donne (1559)”
  • Unn Falkeid (Stockholm University) – “Reconsidering Birgitta of Sweden and Catherine of Siena in the Canon of European Political Thought”

12.30 – Lunch Break, lunch served in Blue Boar Exhibition Space.

1.15 – Session 2

2a: Processes of inclusion and exclusion I, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre. Chair – Helen Swift

  • Charlotte Cooper (University of Oxford) – “How to enter the canon: the case of Christine de Pizan”
  • Patricia Phillippy (Kingston University) – “Ann Montagu, Isabella Whitney and the Early Modern Canon”
  • Gabriella Infante (King’s College London) – “Girls, interrupted: the suppression of the female voice in the Restoration patriarchal repertory”

2b: Revisiting our methodologies, Lecture Room 2 (Tom Quad). Chair – Julia Caterina Hartley

  • Nuppu Koivisto (University of Helsinki) – “Women as Orchestral Musicians in Nineteenth-Century Finland: Perspectives on Music Historiography”
  • Ascensión Mazuela-Anguita (Institució Milà i Fontanals of the Spanish National Research Council) – “Behind the canon: Women and musical practices in early modern Spain”

2.45 – Coffee Break, , Blue Boar Exhibition Space.

3.00 – Session 3

3a: Processes of inclusion and exclusion II, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre. Chair – Sahba Shayani

  • Shaahin Pishbin (University of Oxford) – “Canonisation at a cost in 20th-century Iran: Forugh Farrokhzad’s compromised literary survival”
  • Jennifer Rabedeau (Stanford University) – “Canon Fodder: Gender, the Publishing Industry and the Problem of Literary Merit”
  • Katherine Watson (University of Roehampton) – “‘Feminism has at last tinged the ballet’: Bronislava Nijinska’s ballets Les Noces (1923) and Les Biches (1924) as feminist canon”

3b: Revisiting our categories, Lecture Room 2 (Tom Quad). Chair – Jennifer Yee

  • Ioulia Kolovou (University of Glasgow) – “The burden of history and the writer’s mission: Maro Douka, a woman writer in the Modern Greek literary canon.”
  • Eleri Anona Watson (University of Oxford) – “‘We were a nothingness shot with gleams of what might be. But no more’: Queering the Sublime”

4.30 – Break

4.45 – Roundtable: “Women’s Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon.”

Chair – Diane Watt (University of Surrey)

Speakers: Denis Renevey (Université de Lausanne), Christiania Whitehead (University of Warwick), Sue Niebrzydowski (Bangor University), Amy Morgan (University of Surrey), Liz Herbert McAvoy (Swansea University)

6.15 – Presentation of artwork in the context of research, “Society Sees Not: The Obscurity of Female Artists in Modernism, The Flourishing Factors of Femininity in Contemporary Art in Iran”: Sara Masinaei (practicing artist and researcher), with the support of the University of Oxford HEFCE HEIF KE Seed Fund

Drinks Reception in Exhibition Space

7.30 – World Premiere of Choral Piece by Helen MacKinnon, Christ Church Cathedral, with the support of the University of Oxford HEFCE HEIF KE Seed Fund

8.00 – Buffet Dinner (optional)


9.00 – Keynote: Suzanne Aspden (Music, University of Oxford), “Envoicing the canon”, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre.

9.50 – Session 4

4a: Teaching the Canon, Learning the Canon, Lecture Room 2 (Tom Quad). Chair – Marta Arnaldi

  • Victoria Elliott (University of Oxford) – “The educational canon: gender and set texts in contemporary Britain”
  • Katarina Leppänen and Cecilia Rosengren (University of Gothenburg) – “Reconsidering the canon, a pedagogical project?”
  • Alberica Bazzoni (University of Oxford) and Valeria Riboli (Independent Researcher) – “Women and the Italian Literary Canon: a Snapshot of the Current Situation in Italian Studies and High School Manuals”

4b:  Women as Collaborators, Lecture Room 1 (Tom Quad). Chair – Belinda Jack

  • Enza de Francisci (University College London) – “Duse and the Canon: Ibsen’s A Doll’s House”
  • Kirstie Hewlett (Independent Scholar) – “Where are the Women? Schenker Studies, Jeanette Schenker and Marital Collaboration”

11.20 – Coffee Break, Blue Boar Exhibition Space.

11.35 – Session 5

5a: The Role of Anthologies, Lecture Room 2 (Tom Quad). Chair – Henrike Lähnemann

  • Kathleen Keown (University of Oxford) – “‘Alterations, additions, and improvements’: Anthologising and canonising eighteenth century women’s poetry”
  • Lyn Marven (University of Liverpool) – “Anthologising Berlin: Women’s place in 20th century city literature collections”
  • Marta Arnaldi (University of Oxford) – “‘Viste da fuori’. The Canon of Contemporary Italian Women Poetry in Italy and the United States after 2000”

5b: Uncanonical genres, Lecture Room 1 (Tom Quad). Chair – Matthew Cheung Salisbury

  • Jung-An Liu (University of Oxford) – “From Abstraction to Figurative – Against the Modernist Canon? Vanessa Bell and Her Domestic Paintings of Rooms with Views”
  • Marian Wilson Kimber (University of Iowa) – “Women’s Musical Readings and the Canon: Genre, Performance, and the ‘Work’ Concept”
  • Kate Macdonald (University of Reading) – “On writing what is real: The woman essayist”

1.05 – Lunch Break, Blue Boar Exhibition Space.

1.45 – Session 6

6a: Intersections of Gender and Race, Lecture Room 2 (Tom Quad). Chair – Natalya Din-Kariuki

  • Rachel Knighton (University of Cambridge) – “Writing the Female Prisoner: Ruth First’s 117 Days”
  • Vanessa Lee (University of Oxford) – “Female Creativity In The Works Of French Caribbean Women Playwrights”

6b: Reconsidering the canon, Lecture Room 1 (Tom Quad). Chair – Elizabeth Eva Leach

  • Mary Metzger (Western Washington University) – “The Queer Turn: Rethinking the Canon”
  • J.P.E. Harper-Scott (Royal Holloway, University of London) – “Identity, postmodernity, and the rehabilitation of the musical canon'”
  • Marie Louise Krogh (Independent Researcher) – “Twisted Sounds: How to Make a Canon Speak Differently”

3.15 – Discussion, “Gender and Canonicity in Early Modern Philosophy”: Paul Lodge (University of Oxford), Blue Boar Lecture Theatre. Chaired by Julia Caterina Hartley

4.15 – Coffee Break, Blue Boar Exhibition Space.

4.30 – Closing Remarks/Response: Ankhi Mukherjee (University of Oxford), Blue Boar Lecture Theatre.

5.30 – Conference ends


Blue Boar Lecture Theatre and Exhibition Space, Blue Boar Quad

Lecture Room 2, groundfloor of Staircase 8, Tom Quad

Lecture Room 1, first floor of Staircase 8, Tom Quad

All venues within Christ Church are fully accessible.

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